Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase 2018
Engaging Learners Through Experiential and High Impact
Practices in Higher Education
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Haley Institute, Agricultural Campus
Dalhousie University | Truro, Nova Scotia
There have been numerous calls both within and outside of higher education to ensure that our graduates have the skills needed for the 21st century. Accompanying these messages have been calls that we need to adopt high impact and experiential teaching and learning practices to create the most meaningful educational experience possible for our students. As a feature teaching and learning celebration during Dalhousie’s 200th Anniversary, the 2018 Atlantic Universities' Teaching Showcase will encourage dialogue about what it means to create real-world learning experiences through high impact educational practices. Whether in the context of individual courses, programs or across an entire institution, these practices are called high impact because they facilitate learning both within and outside of the classroom, require interactions between students and instructors, encourage critical reflection on experience, invite collaboration with diverse peers or members of external communities, and provide students with frequent, meaningful and substantive feedback. Although they can be time-consuming, evidence shows that participation in these high impact practices can be “life-changing” for our students (Kuh, 2008).
“[Experiential], you keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means”: Exploring the tensions of experiential learning in higher education through the lens of The Princess Bride.
Dr. Pat Maher
3M Teaching Fellow
Associate Professor, School of Arts and Social Sciences
Cape Breton University